Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 65.79
Liaison Katharine Gross
Submission Date Feb. 26, 2021

STARS v2.2

Lehigh University
IN-19: Green Laboratory Program

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.50 / 0.50 Katharine Targett Gross
Sustainability Officer
Office of Sustainability
"---" indicates that no data was submitted for this field

Does the institution have or participate in a green laboratory program?:
Yes

Does the institution’s green laboratory program address the following?:
Yes or No
Energy conservation and efficiency, e.g., fume hood ("shut the sash") and freezer maintenance programs Yes
Water conservation and efficiency Yes
Chemical use and disposal Yes
Materials management, e.g., green purchasing guidelines and recycling and reuse programs Yes
Training for lab users on sustainable practices Yes

A brief description of the institution's green laboratory program:

The Green Labs Pilot Program is a voluntary, self-guided program dedicated to helping research laboratories in the STEPS building adopt more sustainable behaviors. The certification process includes specific questions that address day-to-day behaviors in labs such as fume hood and ultra low temperature freezer best practices. Depending on the number of action items completed, a lab will receive bronze, silver, gold, or platinum certification.

Objectives:
• Raise awareness and provide measurable actions for reducing impact of lab operations
• Conserve resources, reduce environmental impact, and save operational costs
• Support the Campus Sustainability Plan 2020
• Recognize and reward leadership in sustainability

Areas of focus:
• Water
• Waste & recycling
• Energy
• Purchasing
• Chemical use
• Participation & engagement
• Transportation
• Meetings & field work"

It is our hope that we can expand this program in the coming years.


Website URL where information about the green laboratory program is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

The above data was not impacted by COVID-19 and therefore is representative of a normal year.

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